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By contactus@steppingstonepediatrics.com
November 24, 2015
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The following is from NJPIES. Written by Steven Marcus, MD, Medical Executive Director&  Bruce Ruck, Pharm.D., Director, Drug Information and Professional Education

        Holidays are about spending time with family … and of course eating! However, even an experienced chef can find cooking a holiday feast for a large group of loved ones stressful and even overwhelming. Our advice - start early so you can make sure your guests have a safe holiday meal!!

        With the start of the holiday season just a couple of weeks away, it is never too early to begin planning and preparing for your family’s Thanksgiving feast. Waiting until the last minute often causes stress and leads to taking short cuts when it comes to food safety practices. Starting early will ease anxiety and help lower the risks of your guests becoming sick at the hands of the chef. Food poisoning can spoil the holidays just as easily as a burnt meal.

Quick facts about food poisoning:

  • It is generally a mild illness that most commonly results from poor food handling practices.

  • It usually occurs hours after eating contaminated food and can include nausea, fever, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. 

  • Once symptoms develop they may last from several hours to two or three days.

  • It can be a serious issue for those in poor health, infants and children, the elderly, and pregnant women.

“Forgetting about food safety is a recipe for disaster,” said Steven Marcus, MD, medical executive director of the NJ Poison Center. “First, do not prepare food if you are feeling sick or have any type of respiratory illness or infection. This puts your guests at risk of becoming ill.”

 

Preventing food poisoning is actually quite simple if you remember a few simple steps. Following these steps will protect your family and friends from leaving your table with more than just full bellies. A good rule of thumb – “When in doubt, throw it out. Don’t taste any food that looks or smells questionable.” Dr. Marcus said.

 

Food Safety Steps:

 

  • Clean: Wash hands, utensils, cutting boards and countertops after each use. Use soap and warm water.

  • Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate. Separate raw meats, poultry, seafood and eggs from other foods.

  • Cook: Cook to the right temperature. Always use a food thermometer. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Set out food only when it is time to eat, food left out in excess of 2 hours can become dangerous to eat.

  •  Chill: Refrigerate/freeze food promptly. Follow the two (2) hour rule – leftovers should be stored in fridge or freezer within two (2) hours of being cooked.

 




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